Sep 27, 2012

Just added to the October tour...

Friday October 12th: Grand Valley State University
Performers- Chris Graham, Josh Perry, Piero Guimaraes, Nick Gleason
Piano-Julia Den Boer
Conductor-Nick DeMaison
Works by Franco Donatoni and Philip Glass

Sep 18, 2012

Cage Hop @ The Secret Theatre, Long Island City, Queens

September 29th: The Secret Theatre, Queens NY
"Cage Hop" John Cage Centennial Music Festival
Performers-Chris Graham, Cory Bracken, Christopher Clarino, Steve Sehman, Chris Howard, Joe Fee, Fred Trumpy
Works by John Cage:
The City Wears a Slouch Hat
Living Room Music

Jul 9, 2012

New York Times review: Music of John Cage with Taka Kigawa & Phyllis Chen at (le) Poisson Rouge!

Allan Kozinn of The New York Times provided a great write-up of our debut concert at (le) Poisson Rouge on July 8!  Many thanks to Taka Kigawa and Phyllis Chen for their incredible contributions to a memorable evening of John Cage's music.

Click here to view the article.

Chris Graham (left) and Cory Bracken (right) perform Cage's Double Music

Jun 25, 2012

Upcoming: Iktus joins Taka Kigawa & Phyllis Chen @ Le Poisson Rouge, Sunday July 8!

Upcoming: Iktus joins Taka Kigawa & Phyllis Chen @ Le Poisson Rouge, Sunday July 8!

Sunday, July 8 :: doors at 6:30pm/concert at 7:30pm


For Independence Day weekend, Iktus celebrates the centennial of John Cage, America's everlasting musical iconoclast.  Works include selections of his most endearing percussion compositions including Double Music, But what about the sound of crumpling paper, and along with the fantastic pianist Taka Kigawa, Amores and Credo in US.

Phyllis Chen will share selections of Cage's toy piano music, including Suite for Toy Piano and Music for Carillon #2 (arranged for toy piano and music box).

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Jun 20, 2012

This Thursday:

june 21 : 7pm
central park: naumberg bandshell

iktus pulls music boxes out of the belly of a giant chicken (seriously)

issue project room's darmstadt classics of the avant garde, in association with the goethe institut, presents Karlheinz Stockhausen's Musik Im Bauch at Central Park!

Karlheinz Stockhausen‘s 1975 music-theatre work Musik Im Bauch (“Music in the Belly”) for six percussionists places its audience in an outré fairly-tale dream world. The piece was inspired by a game Stockhausen played with his two-year-old daughter, Julika, in which the composer listened to the sounds in her noisy stomach. Seven years later, Stockhausen conceived Musik Im Bauch during a dream. A loose narrative defines the transformation into humanity of three automatons, who attack a giant bird-man, named Miron, savagely cutting open his stomach and pulling out 3 music boxes which play melodies based on the signs of the Zodiac. All the music throughout the piece is taken from the melodies of the music boxes—a separate work often performed outright, Tierkreis—played in different speeds and fragmentations. Stockhausen challenges the listener’s ability to hear these stretched out melodies stating “if you want to hear it, you need the ears of a giant, and the memory of a giant, otherwise you will not be able to tell if a wrong note is played, or at the wrong time, they are spread so far apart. Future generations will really have to expand their perception in order to be aware of a melody which unfolds over such a long time.” Preceding the Stockhausen, New York Virtuoso Singers under the direction of Harold Rosenbaum perform new choral compositions by Danish composers. Special thanks to the Goethe-Institut for their support of this concert.

Performers: Chris Graham, Josh Perry, Steve Sehman, Chris Howard, Piero Guimaraes, Dennis Sullivan and Derek Kwan (electronics)

May 21, 2012

Coming up:

8PM, Friday, June 8th, 2012

Symphony Space

Carmina Burana w/ Young New Yorkers' Chorus

Steve Sehman, Cory Bracken, Chris Graham, Josh Perry, Piero Guimaraes

Thursday, June 21st, 2012 (time tba)

Make Music New York Festival @ Central Park Band Shell

Music im Bauch, by Karlheinz Stockhausen

Steve Sehman, Josh Perry, Chris Graham, Dennis Sullivan, Chris Howard, Piero Guimaraes, Derek Kwan (electronics)

May 16, 2012

Just Booked!! Le Poisson Rouge| Sunday, July 8th @ 6:30 PM

Iktus with Taka Kigawa, pianist and Phyllis Chen, toy pianist.  Featuring the music of John Cage. 

Apr 23, 2012

Friday, April 27th, 8pm: Iktus Percussion & Loadbang present selected works of Xenakis @ AC Institut

Friday, April 27th, 8pm: Iktus Percussion & Loadbang present selected works of Xenakis @ AC Institut

Iktus Percussion joins Loadbang to present an all-Xenakis concert of epic proportions at the AC Institute in Chelsea, NY on Friday, April 27th, 8pm!

The program will include some of Xenakis' finest solo and chamber works, including:

Kottos (for solo cello), Mariel Roberts
Keren (for solo trombone), William Lang
Psappha (for solo percussion), Steve Sehman
Kassandra (for baritone & percussion), Jeffrey Gavett & Chris Graham
Khal Perr (for brass quintet & percussion)
Atrees (for 10 players)
featuring: Francis Liu, Carlos Cordiero, Roberta Michel, Tim Leopold, Dan Peck, David Byrd-Marrow, Fred Trumpy, Adam Forman, Joe Fee, and conductor Yoshi Onishi

$15 general admission / $8 students and seniors

AC Institute
547 W. 27th St, 6th Floor (click here for a map)

Apr 21, 2012

This Monday, April 23rd, 6PM @ Queens College

Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College
works by Donatoni, Berio, Reich, Wuorinen
featuring Iktus+ members:
Piero Guimaraes, Ryan Nestor, Josh Perry; percussion
Andrea Lodge; piano
Jay Sorce; guitar
Scott Litroff; saxophone

Feb 16, 2012

Iktus Percussion + Levy Lorenzo & Lonely Brook: Saturday, February 18th, 7:30pm @ AC Institute, NYC

Iktus Percussion + Levy Lorenzo & Lonely Brook: Saturday, February 18th, 7:30pm @ AC Institute, NYC

Iktus Percussion joins Levy LorenzoLonely Brook, and members of Iktus+ for an evening of awesome repertoire, electronic music, improvisation, and original tunes at the AC Institute!

Feb 13, 2012

... the percussionist Steven Sehman, of the group Iktus, made the room shimmer with a fantastic range of timbres."

Alex Ross, The New Yorker

Jan 17, 2012

Congrats to our good friend and amazing pianist, Taka Kigawa:

Musical America selected Taka's August recital as "one of the notable concerts in the first half of the season 2011 – 2012!"
"Taka Kigawa: Recital - Le Poisson Rouge, August 22, 2011. How's this for summer fare? Stockhausen: 'KlavierstückX.' Saariaho: 'Prelude' and 'Ballade.' Boulez: Sonata No. 2. While I can't vouch for every note, there's no doubt aboutKigawa's ambition and conviction. Thrilling pianism."

Dec 21, 2011

Just booked:

Iktus+ Queens College, NY, Spring 2012

w/ Andrea Lodge, piano, Jay Sorce, guitar, and Scott Litroff, saxophone.

featuring works by Hurel and Donatoni.

Dec 14, 2011

Just booked:

Bronx Community College, 12PM, Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

works by Gatto, Reich and Wolfe.

Dec 7, 2011

Just booked:

Wednesday, March 14th 2012.  time, tbd.

Iktus+ at Suffolk Community College, Long Island.

with special guests: Julia Den Boer, piano and Nicholas DeMaison, conductor 

works by Julia Wolfe and Philippe Hurel.  

Nov 15, 2011

Wednesday, November 30th: 4 Quartets at the University of Vermont, 7:30pm

Wednesday, November 30th: 4 Quartets at the University of Vermont, 7:30pm

Iktus Percussion joins musicians and actors alike at UVM, including the trombone quartet (and fellow New Yorkers) The Guidonian Hand.  Works will include Steve Reich's classic Music for Pieces of Wood, Julia Wolfe's Dark Full Ride (part I), and Reuse, Recycle, Reduce, a piece written for Iktus in 2009 by Dominic Donato.

Free admission!

Oct 16, 2011

Friday, November 4th, 8pm @ Cafe Orwell in Brooklyn

Friday, November 4th, 8pm @ Cafe Orwell in Brooklyn

Iktus Percussion will be joined by Elevator Rose and special guests Owen Weaver, Nathan Koci and Lisa Dowling on November 4th at Cafe Orwell in Brooklyn!

The evening will feature an exciting and eclectic mix of original compositions and repertoire favorites, including an all-star rendition of the Philip Glass classic "Music In Similar Motion".

Suggested donation, starts at 8pm.  Hope to see you there!